Racing: Cup within range for Trying Again
The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (left) gives a runner-by runner analysis of today's Tripleprint Gold Cup.
Saturday 13 December 1997
Challenger Du Luc: Ran a cracker behind Senor El Betrutti in the Murphy's Gold Cup but then disappointed in a three-runner race won by Callisoe Bay at Newbury. A good horse on his day but definitely not one to trust.
Senor El Betrutti: Won the Murphy's Gold Cup in fine style over this course. Hunting with the Heythrop has been a part of his preparation.
Trying Again: Ran well in the Hennessy, finishing fifth to Suny Bay, but did not last out the longer trip. He will appreciate this step back in distance.
Bell's Life: Makes his seasonal re-appearance and will probably need the run after his reported set-backs.
Major Bell: Needed his first run of the season and should come on for it.
Kadi: He has not visited the winner's enclosure for a while but he is no mug on his day.
Destin D'Estruval: Fell on his latest start on this track, when looking beaten. He has a lot on his plate.
Fine Thyne: Ran well when runner-up to Simply Dashing in the First National Bank Gold Cup at Ascot.
Conclusion: I reckon that TRYING AGAIN is the one to be on now he is back over his optimum trip.
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